Smartphones in the US Enterprise
Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Summary
Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAPs) are a relatively new and
unknown tool awareness we
among enterprises. This encountered among both IT
is evidenced professionals
the lack of
The MEAP phenomenal
company representatives we spoke with growth opportunity and strong interest among
aspiring to develop mobile applications.
IT mangers we
interviewed fast moving
mobile computing technology and corresponding expectations
mobile workers they support.
From all appearances, MEAPs are poised to
resolve a host of pent-up problems.
Interviewees with a range of backgrounds and vested interests concur on several major points:
There is a universal need for rapid development of mobile enterprise applications. Affordability cannot be confined to the largest enterprise budgets. One developer quoted an average of $80K for developing a mobile application on one platform. The reality of multiple MOSs require a “develop once, deploy to all” model. This is an ambitious request given the granular variations in operating systems. Similarly, organizations want tools that support browser, hybrid and native application types. MEAP solutions cannot be myopic; the development process must not
proliferate back-end vendors must think
management issues. beyond application
This implies creation and
application management efficiencies into their development
that MEAP incorporate stack.
Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms
AT&T MEAP & WorkBench
Oracle ADF Mobile
Pyxis Mobile Application Studio
Sky Technologies SkyMobile
Sybase Unwired Platform
Toa Technologies MEAP
Apple MEAP & RIM MEAP
FIGURES MEAP Profiles by Platform and OS Support of Native Applications
MEAP Capabilities Comparison, Native Applications
We present the specific operating support, features and functionality of each of the 10 vendors. Additional historical and technological context are provided to expose each vendor’s focus within the growing MEAP industry.